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‘Judge Judy’ is Ending but She Isn’t Going Away

Judy Sheindlin

According to Entertainment Weekly, Judy Sheindlin’s show, Judge Judy will end in 2021 when it completes its 25th year. But here’s the thing – she isn’t going away. At least, not any time soon.

CBS, who owns the series, will be making reruns of the show available when the 25th season ends. But wait, there’s more. Sheindlin will star in another series called Judy Justice which is set to air sometime in 2022, however, no details have been given as to what her new show will be about.

Judge Judy has been the #1 show in first-run syndication for the last 10 seasons and the #1 program in daytime since the 1998-99 season. What’s the secret to her success? Randy Douthit, the series’ executive producer and director thinks it’s her no-nonsense approach.

“Her message is simple: Take responsibility for your lives,” says Douthit, “She cuts to the chase and offers a quick and fair resolution that resonates with the viewers.”

When Judge Sheindlin was a Family Court Judge in New York, she earned a reputation as an extremely effective judge that garnered national attention and was the subject of a Los Angeles Times article in February 1993. That story caught the attention of 60 Minutes, which led to a segment on the iconic newsmagazine. After her appearance, she was approached about the possibility of presiding over cases on a television program.

In 2019, Sheindlin was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys. The year prior, she was the world’s highest-paid TV host, with $147 million in pretax income in 2018.

Main Image: Ron Jaffe/CBS

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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